Scripture Verse

I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4


Paul Gerhardt

Words: Paul Ger­hardt, Prax­is Pi­eta­tis Me­li­ca 1656 (Be­fiehl du deine We­ge). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ar­thur T. Rus­sell, 1851.

Music: Be­fiehl Jo­hann M. Hay­dn (1737–1806) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Rus­sell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Johann M. Haydn


Thy way and all thy sorrows,
Give thou into His hand,
His gracious care unfailing,
Who doth the heav’ns command.
Their course and path He giveth
To clouds and air and wind;
A way thy feet may follow,
He too for thee will find.

On Him be thy reliance,
As thou wouldst prosper well;
To make thy work enduring
Thy mind on His must dwell.
God yieldeth naught to sorrow
And self tormenting care;
Naught, naught with him availeth;
No power save that of prayer.

Thy truth and grace, O Father,
Behold and surely know,
Both what is good and evil,
For mortal man below:
And whatsoe’er Thou choosest
Thou dost, great God, fulfill,
And into being bringest
Whate’er is in Thy will.

Thy way is ever open;
Thou dost on naught depend;
Thine act is only blessing,
Thy path light without end.
Thy work can no man hinder;
Thy purpose none can stay,
Since Thou to bless Thy children
Through all dost make a way.

In vain the powers of darkness
Thy will, O God, oppose;
High over all undoubting,
Thy pleasure onward goes.
Whate’er Thy will resolveth,
Whate’er Thou dost intend,
Its destined work performeth
True to its aim and end.

Then hope, my feeble spirit,
And be thou undismayed;
God helps in every trial,
And makes thee unafraid.
Await God’s time with pleasure,
Then shall thine eyes behold
The sun of joy and gladness
His brightest beams unfold.

Arise, arise! thy sadness,
Thy cares send far away;
Away each thought afflicting
That on the heart doth prey.
Not in thy hands the guidance
Of all events doth dwell;
God on His throne o’erruleth,
He guideth all things well.

Leave all to His direction;
In wisdom He doth reign;
Thy wonder far exceeding,
His will His course maintain;
So He as Him beseemeth,
With wonderworking skill,
Shall put away the sorrows
That now thy spirit fill.

Awhile His consolation
He will to thee deny,
And seem as though in spirit
He far from thee would fly;
Awhile distress and anguish
Shall compass thee around,
Nor to thy supplication
An answering voice be found.

But if thou ne’er forsake Him,
Thou shalt deliverance find;
Behold all unexpected,
He will thy soul unbind.
He from thy heavy burden
Will soon thy heart set free;
Yea, from that weight no evil
Hath yet befallen thee.

Thou child of truth, how blessed!
A conqueror soon shalt be,
With songs of glad thanksgiving
A crown awaiteth thee.
To thee the palm triumphal
By God’s own hand is giv’n,
Thine, to His name who saved thee,
To sing the songs of Heav’n.

Give, Lord, the consummation
To all our hearts’ distress;
Our hands, our feet, O strengthen;
In death our spirits bless.
Thy truth and Thy protection
For evermore we pray:
With these in heav’nly glory
Shall end our certain way.